Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅03-06-13
Specification & Features
Audio Processor
- Sound Core3D

SBX Pro Studio
- Yes

Max. Playback Quality
- 24-bit / 192kHz (Stereo-Direct Mode)
- 24-bit / 96kHz (5.1)

Max. Recording Quality
- 24-bit / 96kHz

-5.1 Channels

Key Features

Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
- 124dB

Upmixing of Stereo to Multi-channels
- Yes

Connectivity Options (Main)
- Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack
- Speaker Out:
2 x RCA (L / R)
2 x 3.5mm jacks (Rear, C/Sub)
- Microphone In: 1 x 1/4" jack

Connectivity Options (Accessory)DBPro Daughter Board
- Line In: 2 x RCA (L / R)
- Optical Out: 1 x TOSLINK
- Optical In: 1 x TOSLINK

- Yes

Scout Mode
- Yes

Headphone Amp
- Up to 600 Ohms

- EAX Advanced 5.0

DTS Connect Encoding
- Yes

Dolby Digital Live Encoding
- Yes

Audio Fidelity
- Up to 24-bit / 192kHz

Software & Compatibility
Supported Operating Systems
-Windows® 8
-Windows® 7

Compatible Platform
- PC - PCIe x1

Beamforming Microphone (Built into Audio Control Module)

Microphone Type
- Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser

Frequency Response
- 100Hz to 20kHz

- -37dB


Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 124dB

A signal to noise ratio or SNR of 124dB means your audio will be more than 99.99% pristine, which is over 89.1 times better than motherboard audio.

SBX Pro Studio™ technologies

SBX Pro Studio™ sound technologies create unprecedented levels of audio realism, including stunning 3D surround effects for your speakers and headsets.

Studio-grade content creation

Add studio quality audio sound tracks or voice tracks to your video clips or home videos created with hardware that uses only audiophile-grade components such as 123dB analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for outstanding recording quality. With the 600 ohm headphone amplifier, you can do studio-grade monitoring as well.

High-quality DBPro daughter board

The DBpro is another reason why Sound Blaster ZxR delivers only the best audio playback and creation. It offers optical output for outstanding audio playback, plus professional-grade ADCs with RCA Aux-in and optical inputs for studio-grade recording quality.

Accessible Audio Control Module (ACM)

Take control in style and ease with the ACM that incorporates a built-in microphone array and mic/headphone I/O connections. The knob on the ACM lets you conveniently adjust the headphone levels.

Sound Core3D audio processor

The multi-core Sound Core3D™ audio processor is designed to offload SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice effects processing from your primary CPU, improving your overall PC performance, resulting in drastically superior audio and voice quality.

Crystal clear communication

In gaming, if you're not communicating, you're not winning. Experience crystal clear communication with your teammates with the CrystalVoice™ suite of technologies that removes echoes, ambient noises and picks up your voice from within a zone (Voice Focus). It also maintains your voice level even if you are near or further away from the microphone.

High fidelity multi-channel surround

Connect to your home theatre system through a single digital cable and enjoy cinematic DVD movies by transforming any stereo or multi-channel streams into high fidelity immersive surround sound.

Never unplug your headphones again

With the Sound Blaster Z-series Control Panel, just toggle between your headphone and speaker system with a flip of a switch.

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